The Complete Operas of Puccini
By (author) Charles Osborne
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Complete Operas of Puccini by Charles Osborne
Book DescriptionWhile Puccini wrote only twelve operas during a long life--three of them one-acters designed to be performed together--he has to be ranked today as the world's most popular composer of opera. His La Boheme and Tosca are more frequently performed in the major opera houses than works by other composers, and Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut rank not far behind. What is the explanation for Puccini's enormous success? How do his operas work as music and drama? What was he like to contemporaries such as Verdi, Toscanini, and Caruso? Charles Osborne, author of highly successful Complete Operas of Verdi and Complete Operas of Mozart, here analyzes the entire Puccini oeuvre--from Tosca and Turandot to the less-often performed Edgar, La Fanciulla del West, and La Rondine. His fourfold approach--linking biography with musical, textual, and dramatic analysis--is especially valuable for Puccini, who revealed many of his personal contradictions in his music and whose sense of detail can be appreciated by close study of the scores and characters. For the legions of Puccini lovers everywhere, this guide to his life and work can serve as an ideal reference source and opera companion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306802003
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1983
Country of Publication: United States
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US Kirkus Review » Osborne certainly isn't alone in believing that "Puccini was never to become a great musical dramatist," in finding him epically inferior to Verdi (whose canon is served well, if superficially, in Osborne's Complete Operas of Verdi). But while a lack of enthusiasm about Puccini may be esthetically defensible, it's hardly a good starting place for a "guide" like this one, "addressed to the opera-lover" who wants to know more about "the operas he enjoys." Indeed, the result is a highly uneven volume - often perfunctory, rarely evocative, occasionally misleading, and colored throughout by a condescending attitude. For each opera, there's a brief history of the biographical events surrounding its composition and a succinct plot summary - both areas handled adequately (with Osborne getting some wry amusement from the foolish plot of Edgar). And more than adequate is the third element of Osborne's coverage: analysis of the opera text, with close-up comparisons to the source material. (Long excerpts from the novels and plays involved are used to suggest the compressing, selective libretto-crafting process.) But when it comes to the music, Osborne is lackluster, iffy, somewhat offhand. "The Puccinian style is fully formed in Manon Lescaut," we're told - a comment which is leas praise for Manon than disdain for the style itself. (Compare Andrew Porter, who sees the Puccini of Manon as "striving to find his individual style.") Osborne's quick run-throughs of the scores - pointing out themes, tricks, tunes, bits of orchestration, etc. - are largely mechanical: the technical workings and emotional effects of popular arias are barely explored (Colline's coat song is dismissed with five words); when Osborne does find favor, it's only in the blandest, most grudging or backhanded terms; and so the carpings ("Scarpia's music is disappointing throughout the opera") seem to dominate. True, the lesser-known works - La Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, II Trittico - receive, by comparison, some boosts, including a perceptive comparison between the confrontation scene in Trittico's Suor Angelica with the one in Don Carlos. But most opera-lovers will find that Osborne has not managed what a writer on Puccini must manage - an evocation of the glories, along with the limitations - and this otherwise serviceable reference will therefore have a limited appeal. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Charles Osborne
Charles Osborne, well-known British musicologist, critic, and broadcaster, is the author of The Concert Companion, Richard Wagner and His World, The Complete Operas of Verdi, The Complete Operas of Mozart, and other works.
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